Sunday, August 26, 2007

We are There!

Okay, so where is "There"? Whitefish, Montana! We checked into our hotel about 5:00 PM and I zipped off a line to my editors for this week's column. The deadline is Monday...

Tonight, Mexican food. I think it is called "eating our way across Montana". We had a late lunch at the Whistlestop Cafe up in the mountains on Montana #49, just a little off Highway 2 and south of Kiowa. Don't ask me where that's at, check out a map, but the ride was totally awesome! Pictures later!


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet? Almost. After dodging rain on Wednesday, it rained most of Thursday and 300 out of the 400 miles on Friday, through the barren wasteland of the northern part of South and North Dakota. And it was cold. I have a cold, but it is better today as the sun is shining and the riding is easy!

Where are we now? Havre, Montana on Highway 2. We have been traveling on Highway 2 for the better part of the trip, through parts of Nebraska and then of course, Montana.

Are we there yet? Yes, tomorrow... night... Whitefish, Montana.

Catch you later! Take care and God bless you all! Vicky

Monday, August 20, 2007

Re-trying, Life after retirement

This morning I retired.

Betty Boop rides again!

This afternoon, I am a librarian!

Today was my retirement reception at the Company I worked at for 32 years and 10 months. It was the right time; it was the right thing; it was time to go. You see, I am from the Old Guard and most of the Old Guard retired two years ago or left employment under sad circumstances. While I loved the work, it became less important. I will miss the people.

My dear husband works so very hard and today he, my dear daughter and sil; my brother and a swell couple we ride bikes with celebrated my "good bye" as I said farewell to thee, to about 100 people. God bless them all; and thank God for the place of employment that kept the wolf from the door during all the trials and testing in my life.

I was sad. On the way home, I stopped by our library and was hired as a substitute beginning 09/10/07. Can't beat that! I'm a reader (and a keeper, according to my spouse) and it's a perfect fit.

Can't beat that. Unemployed for less than six hours...

Sunday, August 12, 2007


Wabaunsee County, Kansas
The Widau Ranch

You think it's hot where you are, try working inside an un-insulated church foyer that is on the west side of the building, on an afternoon where the temperature is 100 degrees and behind metal doors that the sun has been shining on all day long. Then climb the ladder into the bell tower (above the entry to install insulation) where all the heat has been accumulating for the last four hours. Instant sweat. My brother, my husband and I worked for two hours solid to install insulation in the ceiling of the foyer of the 100-plus year old church. Well, doesn't sound like a long time, but it was hard work. We gotter done! VJ